Happy New Year of The Rat 2008 !!

by on February 7, 2008

If we really wanted to ring in this Chinese/Vietnamese Lunar New Year properly, we would have liked to throw a HUGE party for all our “Rat” friends. But seeing that so many of you “Rats” live so far from us, we’ll just celebrate with an enthusiastic, “Happy New Year!”. As many of you are well aware, today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year celebration. For those of you who are still new to this huge, glorious occasion, there’s plenty of resources out there to help you discover the colors, flavors and varying traditions of this New Years Day. Because there’s so much fantastic information out there to help you discover this event, we’ve decided to gather as much information as we can from all our blogging buddies to help share the wonders of this occasion, as well as share our own photographs of some Vietnamese New Year’s scenes, festivities, foods, fruits and fun that we’ve been able to experience throughout Little Saigon, California.
Welcome to what our T?t New Year looks, smells, tastes and feels like:

The foods: Lots of glutinous rice cakes, dried candied fruit, watermelon seeds, citrus (pommelo’s, mandarins & more) and some unique exotic fruits (rhambutans & mangosteens)!

For more tasty New Year Recipes please visit: Andrea’s VietWorld Kitchen, Christine’s Holy Basil, Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen, and Cathy The Gastronomer

Lucky “L? Xì” Red/Gold Money Envelopes & The Smiles of Kids : It’s really more for the little kids and some big (over 30 years old) kids too! We certainly won’t turn down a lucky $$ envelope! It’s a celebration for all ages.

New Years Flowers – The flower power of peach blossoms, apricot blossoms, orchids, chrysanthemums and more!

For more stories and traditions about New Years Flowers please visit: Andrea’s Tet Flowers at Viet World Kitchen.

The Markets and Festivities: Lots of lucky red lanterns, goods to gift to friends and a bit of gambling!

For More New Years wishes and stories please visit: Wandering Chopsticks , Nikko Polani, & Big Boys Oven

We wish all of you a year of health, happiness, prosperity, good food and many kitchen successes. May none of your soufflés fall, custards curl, and none of your dishes burn. May you “stay out of the weeds” when preparing those big feasts and may all your lives resemble the following picture: healthy & lucky red rice, flowing freely and abundantly from a golden envelope.

Chúc M?ng N?m M?i , Gung Hay Fat Choy & Happy New Year Everyone ! :)

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Wandering Chopsticks February 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm

Chuc Mung Nam Moi! Here’s wishing you both a year of good eats!

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2 Colleen February 7, 2008 at 8:57 pm

What a marvelous display of food and adventure for the new year.
Namaste

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3 Christine February 7, 2008 at 8:43 pm

What a fantastic collage you’ve put together! I love it! I’m not sure which is my favorite..but it might be the boy flashing his lì xì money :)
I enjoyed reading your nice article in NV. I think many of us can identify with the way our celebration of T?t has evolved since our childhood as first generation Americans or newly immigrants. Thanks for sharing this in the article and on your beautiful blog :)

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4 Kitt February 8, 2008 at 12:42 am

I’ve only celebrated the lunar new year in China, so I’ll say Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Thanks for the lovely photos, links and good wishes..

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5 Lisa February 8, 2008 at 6:03 am

Beautiful! Hope it’s a great year for you both, and your sweet dogs, and all of us.

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6 Lydia February 8, 2008 at 6:28 am

Happy new year! The only time I’ve visited Vietnam (back in 1997) was during Tet, and we were fortunate to be invited to celebrate with a friend’s family on our first night in Ho Chi Minh City. I remember during the day, walking through the flower market filled with yellow flowers, to choose something to bring to our hosts. It was a wonderful experience.

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7 Cork and Feast February 8, 2008 at 7:31 am

This mini-tutorial was fantastic! I feel like I’ve traveled and gotten a cultural education without even having to leave my home (although I’d much prefer to experience it all in person!) These pictures are gorgeous (orchids are my favorite,) not to mention the photos of your greens in the previous post. Greens have never looked so good. Happy new year!

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8 matt wright February 8, 2008 at 8:48 am

I am in love with your photography. Awesome looking food too!

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9 susan g February 8, 2008 at 9:56 am

Thank you for the visit to your New Year celebration. I also think of it as a celebration of a place that (at its best) welcomes many cultures and in its heart celebrates with you.

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10 Pat February 8, 2008 at 10:29 am

Thank you for sharing your vibrant and color Tet celebrations! We had hot pot at my brother’s house for CNY and I was stuffed by the end of the evening. I love your site and will be visiting often.

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11 Burnt Lumpia February 8, 2008 at 11:40 am

You have such wonderful pictures. Thanks for the peak into these traditions. Happy New Year.

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12 Morsels of Memory February 8, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos. Happy New Year and all the best wishes for the Year of the Rat!

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13 Tiina February 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm

Happy New Year! The photographs are, once again :), very beautiful.

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14 nikkipolani February 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Wow, what a delight for the eyes! I love every bright detailed beautifully composed shot on this post, but my favorite is the second one of your table and all the traditional goodies. May 2008 be rich and wonderful for the two of you!

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15 BigBoysOven February 9, 2008 at 9:24 am

We wish you a wonderful New Year! May the New calender brings you lots of joy, love, fortune and good health! from us…the boys!

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16 simply...gluten-free February 9, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Gung Hay Fat Choy to you! Thanks for stopping by my blog and I LOVE yours. I will be back time and time again. Great photos!

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17 MyKitchenInHalfCups February 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Those are two beautiful little girls! Happy New Year.

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18 Angie February 9, 2008 at 11:20 pm

I’m a Rat stuck in Michigan with no one to celebrate with! But, after visiting here I felt like I hadn’t missed out on anything. Dh and I did have our very own traditional T?t New Year mini-feast; and for the kidlets we Americanized it a bit.

Thank you for the fantastic photography, it inspires me and it really makes me smile. I’ve added you to my feed so that I won’t miss any. : )

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19 dhanggit February 10, 2008 at 1:38 am

i’m wishing you both happiness, success, good health, prosperity and lots and lots of good food :-) happy lunar new year!!

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20 Lyrical Lemongrass February 10, 2008 at 4:03 am

Happy CNY!! Your pictures are GORGEOUS!!

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21 kate February 10, 2008 at 5:35 am

u know u’ve been visiting my blog , and not leaving a link to get back. I tried so many times but just couldn’t get back to you . Finally got your link on Jadens comments.
So here i am… and wow ! i love what i see. Fantastic photography , gr8 looking food ! Will surely be dropping by now.

Wish you a Happy CNY !

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22 Jen Yu February 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Gong Xi Fa Tsai, both of you! Thanks for sharing such wonderful images of the new year (and flowers?! omg, we won’t see flowers here until May!). You make me miss So Cal. All the best in the new year.

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23 Babeth February 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Happy Chineese New-Year!! Beautiful pictures, it’s eye candy.
BTW thanks a lof for your nice comment on my lemon pie :-))

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24 Alita February 13, 2008 at 1:19 am

Hello guys!
Happy New Year to you too!
Be very happy and very fortunate! And continue with the great pictures and great food!

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